Blotter: Nov. 5

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

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Witness reports too many shots to count in west Evanston

A report of gunfire Sunday night in west Evanston led police to a witness who told them he lost count of the shots.

When officers responded to the report at about 10 p.m. near the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Foster Street, they found two witnesses from Chicago, Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said. The witnesses told the officers they saw four to five 18- to 22-year old people, two of whom shot as they walked east and west, respectively.

One of the witnesses told the officers he counted at least two shots but did not know how many more came after them, Parrott said.

Police also received other calls of shots fired at about the same time in the area. Parrott said one caller described a car “speeding off” west after the incident.

Police checked surveillance cameras in the area but found nothing, Parrott said. They also did not recover any shell casings.

Boy’s cell phone, wallet taken from YMCA locker

A 14-year-old boy’s cell phone and wallet were stolen Saturday afternoon from his locker at the McGaw YMCA, according to police.

Parrott said the items were taken between 4 and 5 p.m. from the locker room at the YMCA, 1000 Grove St.

The cell phone is valued at about $600, Parrott said. The wallet contained club cards.

Police do not know whether the locker was locked, Parrott said.

— Patrick Svitek